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Kyichu Lhakhang, Paro

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Turn a prayer wheel at Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the oldest Buddhist temples in Bhutan. Originally built in the 7th century, it was one of the 108 temples made to pin down a giant legendary ogress who was preventing the spread of Buddhism. Numerous prayer wheels with colorful ornaments and butter-lit lamps decorate the inner courtyard, where you can observe elderly pilgrims spinning them. A quiet and peaceful place, the temple has simple architecture housing a collection of 11 Buddha statues. Two orange trees in the courtyard are believed to bear fruit throughout the year. With our online itinerary creator, Paro attractions like Kyichu Lhakhang can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • This is a twin temple complex. The complex has one of Bhutan's oldest temples said to have been built in the 7th century with central image of Jowo Jamba. The temple is said to be be one of the 12 mai...  more »
  • Strong energy and the oldest temple in Bhutan. The story goes that this temple was built at the feet of a demon. So a betrayal in her left foot. One of the oldest and most remote temples from the 7th century. Calls: clodoaldodfh
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  • We visited the Kyichu Lhakhang towards the end of our holiday in Bhutan. Our guide narrated the interesting history as we walked around the temple, watching people rotate the prayer wheels. My son tri...  more »
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  • Lovely place. Photo isn't allowed inside but one must visit to see the thousand-armed Buddha.
  • One of the oldest temple in Bhutan Must visit. Sacred temple with a very calm feeling once your inside the temple. Also have a magical orange tree that never run out of orange the whole year
  • A rich history blended with mysterious folklore
  • The Jowo Temple of Kyichu is one of the oldest temples in Bhutan, originally built in the 7th century by the Tibetan Emperor Songtsen Gampo. It is considered to be one of the 108 border taming temples he built. In the 8th century the temple was visited by Padmasambhava and it is believed he concealed many spiritual treasures here. Je Khenpo Sherab Gyaltshen wrote that during the 12th century the temple was looked after by the Lhapa Kagyu tradition and that during the 13th century it was handed over to a descendant of Phajo Drugom Zhigpo's son Nyima. In his The Nyingma School of Tibetan Buddhism: Its Fundamentals and History, Jigdral Yeshe Dorje (2nd Dudjom Rinpoche) records that the Jowo Temple of Kyichu could not be seen and that Pema Lingpa (1450-1521) uncovered the temple and restored it as it was before. In 1644 the temple was taken over by Ngawang Namgyal. From 1836 to 1838 the temple was restored and re-consecrated by the 25th Je Khenpo Sherab Gyaltshen. In 1971, Kesang Choden Wangchuck, the queen of Jigme Dorji Wangchuck built a Guru Temple next to the old Jowo Temple which was consecrated by Dilgo Khyentse. Ever since then the annual rites of great accomplishment for the deities Vajrasattva, Palchen Heruka, and Vajrakilaya have been held in this temple for the well being of the country under the patronage of Kesang Choden Wangchuck. There is a belief that the two orange trees in the courtyard of Kyichu Lhakhang bear fruit throughout the year.
  • Oldest temple in bhutan and beautiful temple
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